A Costa Rica Christmas: The Crazy and The Calm

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The holidays can be a particularly stressful time with few antidotes in sight. Fortunately, the cure for family, traffic, nasty lines, merchandise purchases and returns, and oh, all that wrapping, is in a land not so far away. Read more »

Boom Times in Travel as Wanderers Find their Why

Will 2018 be a “boom” year for travel? That would be a yes if you are taking the opinion of the companies selling high dollar tours to travelling Americans. In their annual survey of travel forecasts and trends, tour operator members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) are reporting a strikingly positive outlook for the industry in the year ahead. Nearly all (95%) USTOA tour operator members anticipate growth in sales for the year ending in 2018. Two thirds (64%) of members are “optimistic” and forecasting a “boom year” with growth anywhere from seven to 10% or higher. Read more »

The Norman: Luxury Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv

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If you are searching for a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, the choices are bounteous and range from crowded hostels to quaint residences on quiet streets. However, searching for a luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv can be quite another story. Luxury hotels in Tel Aviv, until recently, have been few and far between and usually follow an international name brand that offers very little off the cookie cutter grid. And then came The Norman. Read More …

AARP Insights: Why Baby Boomers Travel

An AARP Baby Boomers report finds that, more than ever, international travelers want to see things from a local’s perspective when they travel. In fact, nearly half of those surveyed discussed interest in touring with a local (49% compared to 40% in 2017). They also showed fewer vacation barriers than last year at this time (20% report no barriers compared to 12% a year ago) and a very strong urge to incorporate relaxation and rejuvenatation (up from 38% to 49%) into their travel plans moving forward. Read more »

USVI Seeing Sunshine After Irma & Maria

The U.S. Virgin Islands are finally feeling some sunshine after two devastating category 5 hurricanes flattened these Caribbean islands last September.

Updating press and members of the travel trade at a meeting held in Los Angeles Thursday, tourism commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty noted the cruise lines have returned, the rebuilding is underway and the islands of St Croix and St. Thomas are now back to 90 percent of their pre-storm booking numbers with full recovery expected in January. Read more »

Cruise News: Disney Magic and Seabourn for 2018

Exciting new spaces and new experiences designed for guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018. From family dining in an enchanted kingdom, to a transformed teen club, to a sophisticated café exclusively for adults, the ship’s newest highlights include… Read more »